The intent of The London Acorn School curriculum is to:
- cultivate and preserve the child’s innate sense of wonder and love of learning
- develop the capacity for independent imaginative thinking and creative doing
- offer a low-tech environment in the early years to promote the development of the finer senses and motor skills, connections in real time to people and places while gradually teaching digital skills and online safety as they progress
- take full advantage of the nourishing and restorative power of Nature, accessible to us in Morden Hall Park, to foster a sense of place and connection to the Earth as well as to acquire skills in Natural Science and Geography
- to provide an intimate, unhurried environment, where children can learn at a pace in keeping with their developmental needs
- provide a secure and ordered environment with clear boundaries and consistent daily rhythms which encourage full participation and engagement with teachers, peers and learning
- hold high academic expectations for the key skills of numeracy, literacy and the sciences in addition to cultural, musical, artistic skills (including design and technology)
- support the child’s physical, emotional and spiritual development, equipping children for life
- enable pupils to develop moral sensibility with an understanding of individual liberty, mutual respect and a tolerance of those with different beliefs.
- provide an arena where the child’s individuality is accepted and respected, enabling them to become fully integrated members of the community and broader society with a clear and strong sense of their strengths and areas for development
How does our curriculum help to deliver a rich learning experience for children?
As our children enter into formal learning our curriculum design is such that it allows children the time, space and opportunity to be a in a state of ‘flow’. The connectivity of our curriculum themes and longer lesson times allow children the time, space and opportunity to be completely absorbed by a learning experience and task.
TLAS ensures learning is ‘experiential’ providing opportunities for pupils to use their full sensory intelligence, opportunities to create, be in nature and have real agency in their learning. Weekly forest school and woodwork sessions, partnership projects with Merton Music Foundation and daily access to Morden Hall Park ensure there is breadth to the curriculum.
Subjects are taught in the context of a purposeful and meaningful topic that inspires, excites, and enthuses learners, offering them transferrable skills for life-long learning. The progressive curriculum builds upon prior knowledge, challenges thinking and enables a higher level of understanding for long term memory acquisition, storage and retention.